Junior School (Annexe), Infants (Sanctuary) and Nursery
Although The Cedars is not a Montessori school we do use much of the Montessori equipment and methods of teaching in these classes. In particular, it forms the basis of our reading and mathematical studies.
Much of our work is thematic as we are guided by the Holy Spirit each term. Art and
Craft, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, and Science often form inter-
Physical Education is also an important part of the curriculum involving a variety of games with swimming or gymnastics at different times.
A range of separate subjects is taught but members of staff look for opportunities for overlap and integration wherever possible. A core selection of subjects is taught up to GCSE level with the aim of providing a wide enough basis for pupils to progress to Further Education. Other subjects may be taught according to the provision of staff and the interests of the children. There are times when we can offer a subject for a limited period when someone is willing to share a particular skill, e.g. carpentry.
Subjects offered include: Art and Craft, ICT, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Religious Studies and Science. Sports include swimming, football, cricket, hockey and basketball using the school grounds and local facilities.
Practical activities and social action are included in the curriculum as part of training pupils to be responsible citizens. Within the School, pupils are expected to play their part in keeping their property and workspace tidy and working together to keep the school clean. Gardening may link with other subjects in the curriculum, such as Science. Opportunities to serve others have included checking shoeboxes for Blythswood Care to send to Eastern Europe, visiting residential homes for the elderly and being a despatch unit packing SOON gospel broadsheets to be sent overseas.
Field trips and outings are planned as an integral part of the school’s teaching. Parents will be asked to pay for this and help with transport may be requested. We aim to keep costs low so that all the children can join in.
Ashdown Forest trip 2010
Visiting L’Arche 2010
Ashburnham Place 2010
Local studies 2010
Ashburnham Place 2010
Herstmonceux Science Centre 2010